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Rosprirodnadzor Fines Nornickel USD 2 Billion over Arctic Diesel Spill

Gasoil News - Published on Thu, 09 Jul 2020

Image Source: Nornickel Arctic Diesel Spill
Russia’s environmental watchdog Rosprirodnadzor has asked a power subsidiary of Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel to pay almost 148 billion roubles (USD 2 billion) in damages over an Arctic fuel spill in Siberia. Rosprirodnadzor has sent a request for voluntary compensation to the subsidiary NTEK, after calculating the damage caused by the May 29 fuel spill. Rosprirodnadzor said the damages included the cost for nearby water bodies, estimated at 147.05 billion roubles, and for subsoil is, estimated at 738.62 million roubles.

Nornickel announceds that it disputes the amount of damage caused to the environment as a result of the diesel fuel spill, which has been calculated by the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources Management. According to the Company, the calculations of damages caused to water bodies and soil made by the Yenisei Interregional Department of Rosprirodnadzor were based on certain assumptions, which led to distortion of the damage estimates and thus should be adjusted. At the same time, Nornickel reiterates its commitment to fully cover the cost of remediation of the environmental impact of this accident.

The accident was the largest ever in the Arctic region. The spill followed a loss of pressure in a fuel tank, and 21,000 tonnes of diesel was released into rivers and subsoil near the city of Norilsk. Environmental pressure group Greenpeace has compared the incident to the devastating 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 09 Jul 2020
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